will welcome Chad Griggs
to the light heavyweight division on Aug. 4.
Promotion officials on Monday announced that both fighters have
verbally agreed to square off at
UFC on Fox 4, which will take place at the Staples Center in
Los Angeles. The card is expected to be headlined by a middleweight
clash between Brian Stann
Lombard and also features a 205-pound scrap between Lyoto
Machida and Ryan Bader.
It is currently unclear whether the Davis-Griggs matchup will be
part of the main card to air on Fox.
Davis, regarded as one of the top talents in the light heavyweight
division, suffered the first loss of his career to Rashad
Evans in January at UFC
on Fox 2. The former All-American wrestler at Penn State
University owns notable victories over Stann, Alexander
Gustafsson, Tim Boetsch
Rogerio Nogueira during his UFC tenure.
Griggs rose to prominence in 2010, when he defeated former World
Wrestling Entertainment star Bobby
Lashley in his Strikeforce
debut. The Arizona native continued to build momentum from there,
finishing both Gian
Villante and Valentijn
Overeem inside of a round in 2011. “The Grave Digger’s” winning
streak was halted by Travis
Browne at UFC
145, as “Hapa” earned a submission victory via arm-triangle
choke at the 2:29 mark of round one. Griggs, who checked in at 248
pounds prior to his bout with Browne, has never gone the distance
in 13 professional fights.
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